Zapdos (サンダー Sandaa) is an Electric/Flying-type Legendary Pokémon introduced in Generation I. It is part of the Kanto Legendary Birds, along with Articuno and Moltres. In Generation VIII, exclusive to The Crown Tundra, Zapdos has a Galarian Form that is a Fighting/Flying type.

Biology

Physiology

Kantonian

Zapdos is an avian Pokémon with predominantly yellow plumage. Black rings encircle its eyes, and it has a long, thin, light orange beak. Its wings and tail are a mass of spiky feathers, with black feathers covering the back of its wings and inner tail feathers. A large crest of spiked feathers surrounds its head. Its thighs are a khaki color, and it has anisodactyl feet ending in talons.

Galarian

Galarian Zapdos is an avian Pokémon with predominantly orange plumage. It has long legs, strong “zygodactyl” feet (possessing two toes in front and two toes in yellow), and a large dark bill. Its wings and tail are a mass of spiky feathers, with black feathers covering the back of its wings and inner tail feathers. A large crest of spiked feathers surrounds its head, its thighs are a black color.

Behavior

Kantonian

When Zapdos flaps its glittering wings, it releases electricity that can potentially cause thunderstorms. It produces massive crackling and snapping sounds when it flies; these are attributed to the lightning bolts it sheds when airborne. When stricken by lightning, it gains power. Zapdos reportedly appears only during thunderstorms, and is said to live among thunderclouds. However, it is rarely seen.

Galarian

Once every several decades, this migratory Pokémon appears in the Crown Tundra. For a long time, it was thought to be the same Legendary Pokémon as the Zapdos previously discovered in other regions. This belligerent, battle-hungry Pokémon seems unable to resist challenging Pokémon it senses may be stronger than itself.

Natural Abilities

Kantonian

This Pokémon can control storms and lightning at its own will, which can subsequently change the weather drastically. This causes people to worship it as the God of Thunder.

Galarian

In battle, this Pokémon overwhelms opponents with speedy movements and ferocious kicks using its naturally mighty legs. When it leaps down cliffs and rocky mountainsides in ultra-high-speed zigzag movements, it is said to resemble a bolt of lightning. However, its wings seem to have atrophied, and it appears to be a poor flier.

Game info

Game locations

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Red and Blue Power Plant One
Yellow Power Plant One
Gold and Silver Trade None
Crystal Trade None
Ruby and Sapphire Trade None
FireRed and LeafGreen Power Plant One
Emerald Trade None
Diamond and Pearl Trade None
Platinum Roaming Sinnoh One
HeartGold and SoulSilver Route 10 One
Black and White Trade None
Black 2 and White 2 Trade None
X and Y Roaming Kalos (With Fennekin as a Starter Pokémon)
Sea Spirit's Den
One
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Trade None
Sun and Moon Transfer None
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Ultra Space Wilds (Cliff World) One
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! Power Plant One


Side game locations

Locations
Game(s) Area(s)
Pokémon Snap Tunnel
Pokémon Trozei! Random Agent Cards, Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Mt. Thunder Peak (3P)
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Amp Plains (7F) (with Mystery Part or Secret Slab in the bag)


Pokédex entries

  • Red and Blue

    A legendary bird Pokémon that is said to appear from clouds while dropping enormous lightning bolts.

  • Yellow

    This legendary bird Pokémon is said to appear when the sky turns dark and lightning showers down.

  • Gold

    This legendary bird Pokémon cause savage thunderstorms by flapping its glittering wings.

  • Silver

    This legendary bird Pokémon is said to appear only when a thundercloud parts into two halves.

  • Crystal

    Legendary bird Pokémon. They say lightning caused by the flapping of its wings causes summer storms.

  • Ruby

    Zapdos is a legendary bird Pokémon that has the ability to control electricity. It usually lives in thunderclouds. The Pokémon gains power if it is stricken by lightning bolts.

  • Sapphire

    Zapdos is a legendary bird Pokémon that has the ability to control electricity. It usually lives in thunderclouds. The Pokémon gains power if it is stricken by lightning bolts.

  • FireRed

    One of the legendary bird Pokémon. While it is flying, it makes crackling and snapping sounds.

  • LeafGreen

    A legendary bird Pokémon that is said to appear from clouds while dropping enormous lightning bolts.

  • Emerald

    Zapdos is a legendary bird Pokémon that has the ability to control electricity. It usually lives in thunderclouds. It gains power if it is stricken by lightning bolts.

  • Diamond

    A legendary Pokémon that is said to live inside thunder clouds. It can freely control thunder.

  • Pearl

    A legendary Pokémon that is said to live inside thunder clouds. It can freely control thunder.

  • Platinum

    A legendary Pokémon that is said to live inside thunder clouds. It can freely control thunder.

  • HeartGold

    This legendary bird Pokémon cause savage thunderstorms by flapping its glittering wings.

  • SoulSilver

    This legendary bird Pokémon is said to appear only when a thundercloud parts into two halves.

  • Black

    A legendary Pokémon that is said to live in thunderclouds. It freely controls lightning bolts.

  • White

    A legendary Pokémon that is said to live in thunderclouds. It freely controls lightning bolts.

  • Black 2

    A legendary Pokémon that is said to live in thunderclouds. It freely controls lightning bolts.

  • White 2

    A legendary Pokémon that is said to live in thunderclouds. It freely controls lightning bolts.

  • X

    A legendary bird Pokémon that is said to appear from clouds while dropping enormous lightning bolts.

  • Y

    A legendary Pokémon that is said to live in thunderclouds. It freely controls lightning bolts.

  • Omega Ruby

    Zapdos is a legendary bird Pokémon that has the ability to control electricity. It usually lives in thunderclouds. The Pokémon gains power if it is stricken by lightning bolts.

  • Alpha Sapphire

    Zapdos is a legendary bird Pokémon that has the ability to control electricity. It usually lives in thunderclouds. The Pokémon gains power if it is stricken by lightning bolts.

  • Let's Go Pikachu

    This legendary bird Pokémon is said to appear when the sky turns dark and lightning showers down.

  • Let's Go Eevee

    This legendary bird Pokémon is said to appear when the sky turns dark and lightning showers down.


Stats

Zapdos's Stats
HP
90
Attack
90
Defense
85
Sp. Atk
125
Sp. Def
90
Speed
100
Total
580

Learnset

Leveling

LevelingGeneration VII
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Peck 35 100% 35 Flying Physical
1 Thunder Shock 40 100% 30 Electric Special
8 Thunder Wave 90% 20 Electric Status
15 Detect —% 5 Fighting Status
22 Pluck 60 100% 20 Flying Physical
29 Ancient Power 60 100% 5 Rock Special
36 Charge —% 20 Electric Status
43 Agility —% 30 Psychic Status
50 Discharge 80 100% 15 Electric Special
57 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
64 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status
71 Drill Peck 80 100% 20 Flying Physical
78 Thunder 110 70% 10 Electric Special
85 Roost —% 10 Flying Status
92 Magnetic Flux —% 20 Electric Status
99 Zap Cannon 120 50% 5 Electric Special
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
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LevelingGeneration VI
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
1 Roost —% 10 Flying Status Clever 4 0 ♥
1 Zap Cannon 120 50% 5 Electric Special Cool 2 1 ♥
1 Drill Peck 80 100% 20 Flying Physical Cool 3 0 ♥
1 Peck 35 100% 35 Flying Physical Cool 4 0 ♥
1 Thunder Shock 40 100% 30 Electric Special Cool 4 0 ♥
8 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric Status Cool 1 3 ♥
15 Detect —% 5 Fighting Status Cool 1 0 ♥
22 Pluck 60 100% 20 Flying Physical Cute 3 0 ♥
29 Ancient Power 60 100% 5 Rock Special Tough 1 0 ♥
36 Charge —% 20 Electric Status Clever 1 0 ♥
43 Agility —% 30 Psychic Status Cool 3 0 ♥
50 Discharge 80 100% 15 Electric Special Beautiful 2 2 ♥
57 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Beautiful 1 0 ♥
64 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status Beautiful 2 0 ♥
71 Drill Peck 80 100% 20 Flying Physical Cool 3 0 ♥
78 Thunder 110 70% 10 Electric Special Cool 1 0 ♥
85 Roost —% 10 Flying Status Clever 4 0 ♥
92 Zap Cannon 120 50% 5 Electric Special Cool 2 1 ♥
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LevelingGeneration V
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1BW
1B2W2
Peck 35 100% 35 Flying Physical
1BW
1B2W2
ThunderShock 40 100% 30 Electric Special
8BW
8B2W2
Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric Status
15BW
15B2W2
Detect —% 5 Fighting Status
22BW
22B2W2
Pluck 60 100% 20 Flying Physical
29BW
29B2W2
AncientPower 60 100% 5 Rock Special
36BW
36B2W2
Charge —% 20 Electric Status
43BW
43B2W2
Agility —% 30 Psychic Status
50BW
50B2W2
Discharge 80 100% 15 Electric Special
57BW
57B2W2
Roost —% 10 Flying Status
64BW
64B2W2
Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status
71BW
71B2W2
Drill Peck 80 100% 20 Flying Physical
78BW
78B2W2
Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Special
85BW
85B2W2
Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
N/ABW
92B2W2
Zap Cannon 120 50% 5 Electric Special
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LevelingGeneration IV
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal
1 Peck 35 100% 35 Flying Physical Cool 3
1 ThunderShock 40 100% 30 Electric Special Cool 3
8 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric Status Cool 2
15 Detect —% 5 Fighting Status Cool 0
22 Pluck 60 100% 20 Flying Physical Cute 0
29 AncientPower 60 100% 5 Rock Special Tough 2
36 Charge —% 20 Electric Status Smart 0
43 Agility —% 30 Psychic Status Cool 2
50 Discharge 80 100% 15 Electric Special Cool 2
57 Roost —% 10 Flying Status Cool 0
64 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status Beauty 2
71 Drill Peck 80 100% 20 Flying Physical Cool 3
78 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Special Cool 2
85 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Tough 2
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LevelingGeneration III
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Category Appeal Jam
1 Peck 35 100% 35 Flying Cool 4 0 ♥
1 ThunderShock 40 100% 30 Electric Cool 4 0 ♥
13 Thunder Wave —% 20 Electric Cool 2 1 ♥
25 Agility —% 30 Psychic Cool 3 0 ♥
37 Detect —% 5 Fighting Cool 2 0 ♥
49 Drill Peck 80 100% 20 Flying Cool 4 0 ♥
61 Charge —% 20 Electric Smart 2 0 ♥
73 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Beauty 1 0 ♥
85 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Cool 2 2 ♥
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LevelingGeneration II
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type
1 Peck 35 100% 35 Flying
1 ThunderShock 40 100% 30 Electric
13 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric
25 Agility —% 30 Psychic
37 Detect —% 5 Fighting
49 Drill Peck 80 100% 20 Flying
61 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic
73 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric
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LevelingGeneration I
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type
1 ThunderShock 40 100% 30 Electric
1 Drill Peck 80 100% 20 Flying
51 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric
55 Agility —% 30 Psychic
60 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic
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TM/HM

TMs and HMs Generation VII
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM05 Roar —% 20 Normal Status
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special
TM16 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
TM19 Roost —% 10 Flying Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM24 Thunderbolt 90 100% 15 Electric Special
TM25 Thunder 110 70% 10 Electric Special
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM37 Sandstorm —% 10 Rock Status
TM40 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM51 Steel Wing 70 90% 25 Steel Physical
TM57 Charge Beam 50 90% 10 Electric Special
TM58 Sky Drop 60 100% 10 Flying Physical
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical
TM72 Volt Switch 70 100% 20 Electric Special
TM73 Thunder Wave 90% 20 Electric Status
TM76 Fly 90 95% 15 Flying Physical
TM87 Swagger 85% 15 Normal Status
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status
TM89 U-turn 70 100% 20 Bug Physical
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
TM93 Wild Charge 90 100% 15 Electric Physical
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
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TMs and HMs Generation VI
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
TM05 Roar —% 20 Normal Status Cool 3 0 ♥
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status Clever 3 0 ♥
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special Clever 3 0 ♥
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status Beautiful 1 0 ♥
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special Cool 4 4 ♥
TM16 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status Beautiful 2 0 ♥
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status Cute 2 0 ♥
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Beautiful 1 0 ♥
TM19 Roost —% 10 Flying Status Clever 4 0 ♥
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2 3 ♥
TM24 Thunderbolt 90 100% 15 Electric Special Cool 4 0 ♥
TM25 Thunder 110 70% 10 Electric Special Cool 1 0 ♥
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 4 0 ♥
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Cool 1 0 ♥
TM37 Sandstorm —% 10 Rock Status Tough 2 1 ♥
TM40 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical Cool 2 0 ♥
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2 0 ♥
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status Cute 1 0 ♥
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special Beautiful 2 0 ♥
TM51 Steel Wing 70 90% 25 Steel Physical Cool 3 0 ♥
TM57 Charge Beam 50 90% 10 Electric Special Beautiful 1 0 ♥
TM58 Sky Drop 60 100% 10 Flying Physical Tough 3 0 ♥
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical Tough 4 4 ♥
TM70 Flash 100% 20 Normal Status Beautiful 3 0 ♥
TM72 Volt Switch 70 100% 20 Electric Special Cool 4 0 ♥
TM73 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric Status Cool 1 3 ♥
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status Cute 3 0 ♥
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status Cute 1 0 ♥
TM89 U-turn 70 100% 20 Bug Physical Cute 4 0 ♥
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status Cute 2 0 ♥
TM93 Wild Charge 90 100% 15 Electric Physical Tough 6 0 ♥
TM94 Rock SmashXY 40 100% 15 Fighting Physical Tough 4 0 ♥
TM94 Secret PowerORAS 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Clever 1 0 ♥
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal Status Cute 3 0 ♥
HM02 Fly 90 95% 15 Flying Physical Clever 2 0 ♥
HM06 Rock SmashORAS 40 100% 15 Fighting Physical Tough 4 0 ♥
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TMs and HMs Generation V
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM05 Roar 100% 20 Normal Status
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special
TM16 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM24 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric Special
TM25 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Special
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM37 Sandstorm —% 10 Rock Status
TM40 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM57 Charge Beam 50 90% 10 Electric Special
TM58 Sky Drop 60 100% 10 Flying Physical
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical
TM70 Flash 100% 20 Normal Status
TM72 Volt Switch 70 100% 20 Electric Special
TM73 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric Status
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status
TM88 Pluck 60 100% 20 Flying Physical
TM89 U-turn 70 100% 20 Bug Physical
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
TM93 Wild Charge 90 100% 15 Electric Physical
TM94 Rock Smash 40 100% 15 Fighting Physical
HM02 Fly 90 95% 15 Flying Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
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TMs and HMs Generation IV
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal
TM05 Roar 100% 20 Normal Status Cool 2
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison Status Smart 2
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special Smart 1
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status Beauty 2
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special Cool 2
TM16 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status Beauty 2
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status Cute 0
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Tough 2
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2
TM24 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric Special Cool 2
TM25 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Special Cool 2
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Cool 2
TM34 Shock Wave 60 —% 20 Electric Special Cool 2
TM37 Sandstorm —% 10 Rock Status Tough 2
TM40 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical Cool 2
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2
TM43 Secret Power 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Smart 2
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status Cute 0
TM47 Steel Wing 70 90% 25 Steel Physical Cool 3
TM51 Roost —% 10 Flying Status Cool 0
TM57 Charge Beam 50 90% 10 Electric Special Beauty 2
TM58 Endure —% 10 Normal Status Tough 2
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical Beauty 2
TM70 Flash 100% 20 Normal Status Beauty 2
TM73 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric Status Cool 2
TM82 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status Cute 3
TM83 Natural Gift 100% 15 Normal Physical Cool 2
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status Cute 2
TM88 Pluck 60 100% 20 Flying Physical Cute 0
TM89 U-turn 70 100% 20 Bug Physical Cute 0
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status Smart 1
HM02 Fly 90 95% 15 Flying Physical Smart 1
HM05DPPt Defog —% 15 Flying Status Beauty 2
HM06 Rock Smash 40 100% 15 Fighting Physical Tough 2
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
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TMs and HMs Generation III
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
TM05 Roar 100% 20 Normal Cool 3 0 ♥
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison Smart 3 0 ♥
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Smart 3 0 ♥
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Beauty 1 0 ♥
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Cool 4 4 ♥
TM16 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Beauty 1 0 ♥
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Cute 1 0 ♥
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Tough 1 0 ♥
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Cute 1 0 ♥
TM24 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric Cool 4 0 ♥
TM25 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Cool 2 2 ♥
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Cute 1 0 ♥
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Cool 2 0 ♥
TM34 Shock Wave 60 —% 20 Electric Cool 2 0 ♥
TM37 Sandstorm —% 10 Rock Tough 3 0 ♥
TM40 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Cool 2 0 ♥
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Cute 2 0 ♥
TM43 Secret Power 70 100% 20 Normal Smart 1 0 ♥
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Cute 2 0 ♥
TM47 Steel Wing 70 90% 25 Steel Cool 2 0 ♥
HM02 Fly 70 95% 15 Flying Smart 1 0 ♥
HM05 Flash 70% 20 Normal Beauty 3 0 ♥
HM06 Rock Smash 20 100% 15 Fighting Tough 1 0 ♥
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TMs and HMs Generation II
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type
TM03 Curse —% 10 ???
TM05 Roar 100% 20 Normal
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison
TM07 Zap Cannon 100 50% 5 Electric
TM08 Rock Smash 20 100% 15 Fighting
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire
TM13 Snore 40 100% 15 Normal
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water
TM20 Endure —% 10 Normal
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal
TM25 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal
TM31 Mud-Slap 20 100% 10 Ground
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal
TM34 Swagger 90% 15 Normal
TM35 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal
TM37 Sandstorm —% 10 Rock
TM39 Swift 60 —% 20 Normal
TM43 Detect —% 5 Fighting
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic
TM47 Steel Wing 70 90% 25 Steel
HM02 Fly 70 95% 15 Flying
HM05 Flash 70% 20 Normal
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
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TMs and HMs Generation I
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type
TM02 Razor Wind 80 75% 10 Normal
TM04 Whirlwind 85% 20 Normal
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison
TM09 Take Down 90 85% 20 Normal
TM10 Double-Edge 100 100% 15 Normal
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal
TM20 Rage 20 100% 20 Normal
TM24 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric
TM25 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric
TM31 Mimic —% 10 Normal
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal
TM33 Reflect —% 20 Psychic
TM34 Bide —% 10 Normal
TM39 Swift 60 —% 20 Normal
TM43 Sky Attack 140 90% 5 Flying
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic
TM45 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric
TM50 Substitute —% 10 Normal
HM02 Fly 70 95% 15 Flying
HM05 Flash 70% 20 Normal
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Breeding

Zapdos learns no moves via breeding.


Tutoring

Tutoring Generation VII
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Defog USUM —% 15 Flying Status
Heat Wave USUM 95 90% 10 Fire Special
Laser Focus USUM —% 30 Normal Status
Shock Wave USUM 60 —% 20 Electric Special
Signal Beam USUM 75 100% 15 Bug Special
Sky Attack USUM 140 90% 5 Flying Physical
Snore USUM 50 100% 15 Normal Special
Tailwind USUM —% 15 Flying Status
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Tutoring Generation VI
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
Heat Wave ORAS 95 90% 10 Fire Special Beautiful 2 2 ♥
Shock Wave ORAS 60 —% 20 Electric Special Cool 2 0 ♥
Signal Beam ORAS 75 100% 15 Bug Special Beautiful 3 0 ♥
Sky Attack ORAS 140 90% 5 Flying Physical Cool 3 0 ♥
Snore ORAS 50 100% 15 Normal Special Cute 4 0 ♥
Tailwind ORAS —% 15 Flying Status Cool 3 0 ♥
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Tutoring Generation V
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Heat Wave B2W2 100 90% 10 Fire Special
Roost B2W2 —% 10 Flying Status
Signal Beam B2W2 75 100% 15 Bug Special
Sky Attack B2W2 140 90% 5 Flying Physical
Sleep Talk B2W2 —% 10 Normal Status
Snore B2W2 40 100% 15 Normal Special
Tailwind B2W2 —% 30 Flying Status
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Tutoring Generation IV
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal
Air Cutter HGSSPt 55 95% 25 Flying Special Cool 3
AncientPower HGSSPt 60 100% 5 Rock Special Tough 2
Heat Wave HGSSPt 100 90% 10 Fire Special Beauty 2
Mud-Slap HGSSPt 20 100% 10 Ground Special Cute 3
Ominous Wind HGSSPt 60 100% 5 Ghost Special Smart 0
Sky Attack HGSS 140 90% 5 Flying Physical Cool 1
Signal Beam HGSSPt 75 100% 15 Bug Special Beauty 0
Snore HGSSPt 40 100% 15 Normal Special Cute 3
Swift HGSSPt 60 —% 20 Normal Special Cool 2
Tailwind HGSS —% 30 Flying Status Smart 2
Twister HGSSPt 40 100% 20 Dragon Special Cool 3
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Tutoring Generation III
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Category Appeal Jam
Double-Edge FRLGEXD 120 100% 15 Normal Tough 6 0 ♥
Endure E —% 10 Normal Tough 2 0 ♥
Mimic FRLGEXD —% 10 Normal Cute 1 0 ♥
Mud-Slap E 20 100% 10 Ground Cute 2 1 ♥
Sky Attack XD 140 90% 5 Flying Cool 3 0 ♥
Sleep Talk E —% 10 Normal Cute 3 0 ♥
Snore E 40 100% 15 Normal Cute 4 0 ♥
Substitute FRLGEXD —% 10 Normal Smart 2 0 ♥
Swagger EXD 90% 15 Normal Cute 2 0 ♥
Swift E 60 —% 20 Normal Cool 2 0 ♥
Thunder Wave FRLGEXD 100% 20 Electric Cool 2 1 ♥
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Tutoring Generation II
Move Power Accuracy PP Type
Thunderbolt C 95 100% 15 Electric
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Sprites


Appearances

Anime

Zapdos first appears in the anime in the episode Island of the Giant Pokémon. Its first major role was in the second movie.

Zapdos was also the driving cause of Ash's Noivern’s evolution.

A Zapdos is set to appear in PJ040 where Ash and Goh will battle it in a raid battle.

Mystery Dungeon

In Red and Blue Rescue Team and Rescue Team DX, Zapdos is the first legendary to appear in the original Pokémon Mystery Dungeon game, when it kidnaps Shiftry in Silent Chasm, and is fought against on Mt. Thunder. It can be recruited after the credits.

Trivia

  • Zapdos, as depicted in an ancient legend, is the titan of lightning.
  • Zapdos appears to have two sets of wings, stating it has a black part and a yellow part.
  • Of all Legendary Pokémon with fixed in-game locations, Zapdos can be obtained with the fewest number of Badges: 3. In the Generation I games and their remakes, the player character can catch Zapdos with only the Boulder Badge, Cascade Badge, and Soul Badge.
  • Zapdos shares its category with Elekid and Electabuzz. They are all known as the Electric Pokémon.
  • Zapdos and Jolteon's Japanese names are almost exactly the same as each other's, with a final "s" being the only difference.
  • Zapdos possesses a type advantage over all other members of its trio, as well as its trio master, Lugia.
    • Conversely, its Galarian form has a type disadvantage to the rest of its trio.
  • In the anime episode The Bridge Bike Gang, Chopper's bike was decorated to look like a Zapdos.
  • In Super Smash Bros. melee, Zapdos is one of the Pokémon that can be freed from Poké Balls. During this time, it uses the move Thunder Shock.
    • It is briefly seen in Prism Tower's stage for the 3Ds version.
    • The description breaks the fourth wall by mentioning The Power of One movie.
    • Zapdos, alongside Articuno and Moltres, is one of the collectable spirits in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Origin

Zapdos may be based on the Native American or South African legend of the thunderbird. The thunderbird was known for being the spirit of thunder, lightning, and rain in the form of a giant bird. The beating of the wings was said to create thunder and was usually depicted in a pose similar to Zapdos' pose in many artworks. It may also have been based on the lightning bird, a bird created from wherever lightning hits the earth. Aesthetically it may also be based of hummingbirds, due to the long beak, the rather simple wings and described violent behaviour. It may also be based on Zeus/Jupiter, the Greek/Roman god of lightning, who was symbolized by an eagle.

Galarian Zapdos is based on a roadrunner. Although it's capable of flight, it prefers to spend most of its time on the ground. It could also be based on Macha, an avian Irish goddess associated with war and sovereignty. Alongside Nemain and Badb, it was also represented as a triple goddess named Morrigan. It may also be based on a Chocobo, a fictional ground-dwelling bird species from the Final Fantasy series that is typically yellow.

Physically, Galarian Zapdos resembles a ratite bird, and its design resembles that of a Kiwi.

Etymology

It is likely that the last part of each birds name are puns, because the last syllable of each of the Legendary Birds is a number in Spanish (ex. Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres). Zapdos would then be the second Legendary Bird of the trio.

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